Stewart's long time teamate Russ Jackson is generally considered the best Canadian QB to have played in the CFL, and you could certainly argue that Stewart was the best Canadian running back in CFL history. Stewart graduated from Queen's University and joined the Ottawa Rough Riders in 1958, playing 13 seasons for the Eastern Riders until his retirement in 1970. Steart's rookie season was not especially auspicious as he carried the ball only three times for a grand total of one yard. Stewart's lack of use in his rookie season was hardly unusual because he was a rookie and because Ottawa already had an outstanding running back in Dave Thelen. Stewart did earn his keep in his rookie season as a punt returner with a respectable 5.3 yard average in an era where there was no blocking on punt returns. Stewart saw more use in his second season (1959) when he carried the ball 82 times for 425 yards and upping his punt return average to 6.8 yards per carry. Stewarts best season and his only 1000 yard season came in 1960 when he rushed for 1020 yards on only 139 carries for an excellent 7.3 yard average. Stewart finished second in the East in rushing that year, behind teammate Dave Thelan. While Stewart never reached the magical 1000 plateau in a season again, he put up more than respectable numbers in the next three season, and then led the East in rushing in 1964 with 867 yards on 144 carries. Stewart was a good pass receivers as well as a rusher. Other than his first and last season, he was always in double digits in pass receiving an could be counted on generally for 15-20 catches per year with his best season coming later in his career with 25 catches for 316 yards in 1967. While not big nubmers by today's standards, keep in mind Eastern teams only played 14 instead of 18 games and ran the ball more than half the time. Stewart was a three time Easern All-Star (1960, 61 and 64), and was named the Outstanding Canadian in his 1000 yard season in 1960. Ron Stewart was elected to the Canadian Football Hall of Fame in 1975.